Officials to determine who's responsible for gas leak - WSFX - FOX Wilmington, NC

INVESTIGATION: Officials to determine who's responsible for gas leak

Posted: Updated:
Traffic is moving again in both directions along S. College Road as crews continue to repair a gas line break that happened Wednesday afternoon in front of Cape Fear Academy. Traffic is moving again in both directions along S. College Road as crews continue to repair a gas line break that happened Wednesday afternoon in front of Cape Fear Academy.
The break prompted Cape Fear Academy to go into lockdown just before 4:00 and crews in the area shut down South College Road in both directions between 17th Street and Pine Cliff Drive. The break prompted Cape Fear Academy to go into lockdown just before 4:00 and crews in the area shut down South College Road in both directions between 17th Street and Pine Cliff Drive.
According to the Director of Advancement at the school, a communications company hit an 8-inch gas line on the CFA side of College Road at the entrance to the academy. According to the Director of Advancement at the school, a communications company hit an 8-inch gas line on the CFA side of College Road at the entrance to the academy.
School employees evacuated the upper school building, and students and staff were then moved to safer locations at the back of campus. School employees evacuated the upper school building, and students and staff were then moved to safer locations at the back of campus.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Officials are investigating to determine who is responsible for causing the gas leak that shut down traffic and caused a school to go on lockdown Wednesday afternoon.

Piedmont Gas is working with the communications company that was working in the area to determine what happened.

The Wilmington Fire Department will recoup any money spent during the incident from the company that is responsible for the leak.

The Director of Advancement from Cape Fear Academy sent out an email Thursday morning that read, "Cape Fear Academy officials were notified during the night that the leak is repaired and gas service has resumed." Students were back on a normal schedule Thursday.

The break prompted Cape Fear Academy to go into lock down just before 4:00 p.m. and crews in the area shut down South College Road in both directions between 17th Street and Pine Cliff Drive.

According to the Director of Advancement at the school, a communications company hit an 8-inch gas line on the CFA side of College Road at the entrance to the academy.

Workers from Piedmont Natural Gas later arrived on scene, trying to clamp the broken line. Traffic began moving again in both directions along S. College Road around 8:00 Wednesday night.

About 100 students were still on campus when CFA went on lock down around 3:45 p.m. A teacher from the school said that you could see gas coming out of the ground in front of the school. They said it "looks like steam shooting out of the ground."

School employees evacuated the upper school building, and students and staff were then moved to safer locations at the back of campus.

Around 6:15 Wednesday night, school officials released a statement saying that Wilmington fire officials would allow students to leave campus if students drove themselves or the students' parents are on campus to pick them up.

Around 7:00 p.m., two buses dropped off the remaining students from the school at Walmart, where very relieved parents were able to pick them up and take them home after a very long school day.

Copyright 2012 WECT. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSFX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
FCC Public File
Email: publicfile@wsfx.com
Phone: 910-343-8826
EEO Report
Closed Captioning